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BBQ Mitarbeiter Köln | Julia Schumichin

Mrs Julia Schumichin
Niederlassung Köln
Floor 4 / room 22
Graeffstraße 5
50823 Köln
Telephone Number: 0221 - 95 27 98 31
Telefax: 0221 - 17 06 45 11
Mail: koeln[at]

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Our next course begins on: 07.02.2019

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You have arrived in Germany and want to learn the German language as soon as possible? Thus the integration course including literacy in Cologne offered by the BBQ will be perfect for you. According to the standards of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) you will learn all you need to communicate in German.

Focus and objectives

Immigrants are regularly obligated by German state authorities to attend an integration course including literacy if the communication in German, at least in a simple way is not possible. The aim of this course is to teach you writing and reading so that you are able to manage independently your every – day life and your work requirements in a spoken and written way. Thereby you will be put in a position to go shopping and deal with state authorities without any help. By attending the integration course including literacy you also create a basis for a permanent stay in Germany. Further aim of the course is the knowledge of the German history, culture and legal system which you will learn after finishing the language part in the orientation part of the course.

Target group

The integration course including literacy is intended for migrants in Germany without any reading and writing skills and who want to learn more about the fundamental values of the Federal Republic of Germany. The knowledge of your native language and your school attendance in your home country do not really matter in this case. After finishing the integration course including literacy in Cologne you will feel more comfortable communicating in German.

Duration of the course and support options

When granting the first residence permit the Foreigners` Registration Office examine the necessity for an integration course and issue an obligation or entitlement for participation in an integration course. Hereafter you are allowed to choose an integration course provider and start with the course. This course comprises 600 hours preceded by 300 hours extra by attending an integration course including literacy skills. At the end of the course there will be an orientation course lasting 60 hours. The language course consists of several modules of 100 hours each. Before the course begins a placement test is held by the BBQ to ascertain the linguistic skills and to find the appropriate starting level for you. Afterwards will be decided which starting module (1 – 9) is the right one for you. The costs for your integration course will be almost entirely borne by the German state. Having a relevant certificate of eligibility you only have to pay € 1,55  towards each teaching hour. This course fee will be charged by the BBQ before the beginning of the course. Recipients of unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) and social welfare can be exempted from the contribution upon request. The course has a term of 48 weeks including 9 language course modules of 100 hours each and the orientation course of 4 units a day. If you need more time to learn the German language you can take a maximum of 300 units extra.


The literacy course consists of a basic course (basic literacy course), an advanced course A (advanced literacy course A) and an advanced course B (advanced literacy course B) 300 units each. The aim is that at the end of the integration course you will be able to pass the German Test for Immigrants (Deutsch Test für Zuwanderer, DTZ) which comprises the European language levels A2 and B1 and the test “Life in Germany” (“Leben in Deutschland”, LiD). The contents are:

Basic literacy course:

Our teachers provide at this point the basic knowledge of literacy skills and German language. Focus is also producing of educational materials, reading the script, developing of an individual handwriting, phonetic values, different text types, phrases and media competence.

Advanced literacy course A:

Main issue is to build up sight and written vocabulary. You learn more about technical terms, grammar, learning strategies and learning techniques and also more attention to oral skills will be paid. Furthermore you learn how to interpret tables, use punctuation marks, speak about photographs and pictures, translate and how to work with audio texts.

Advanced literacy course B:

At this point we will impart to our participants the knowledge of Germany and its culture and of intercultural competencies. Furthermore self – directed learning will be promoted, dealing with different learning methods will be taught and communicative skills will be deepened. The focus here is also planning, creating and evaluating of your own learning methods.

Advantages offered by BBQ

You learn in small groups (up to 12 people) so you can expect more individual support.

Because we provide a wide range of courses after finishing the literacy course you can change into another integration course.

Our teachers are specially trained to teach literacy skills and have a long term experience.

▶ Next Release dates

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

  • 07.02.2019 - 14.03.2019

Part 5

  • 15.03.2019 - 18.04.2019

Part 6

  • 23.04.2019 - 28.05.2019

Part 7

  • 29.05.2019 - 05.07.2019

Part 8

  • 08.07.2019 - 09.08.2019

Part 9

  • 12.08.2019 - 13.09.2019